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No sweetener today, but I’m still picking up an almost caramelized sugar aftertaste… which is awesome. Bumping up the rating the morning because I can’t remember why it was that low to begin with. Tastes change, I guess.

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85
drank Earl Grey Black by Teavana
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95
drank Rooibos by Adagio Teas
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When I first started drinking “loose leaf tea” (this is neither tea nor leaf, but… whatever) I had been strictly caffeine-free for years. The rooibos in my Adagio herbal sampler was a real standout, and it was practically the only thing I drank. I bought a pound of it, which is still my biggest single-variety purchase ever.

My job has led me back into the world of mandatory morning caffeine, and I’ve since fallen in love with black teas, and it’s been ages since I’ve really had a cup of rooibos. And as I said in my recent post about rooibos caramel, I finally got an infuser that works really well with it… and, I might have to bring it back into a nightly habit.

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What kind of strainer?

cody

It’s this one ( http://bit.ly/tea127 ) from Teavana, but they have a few that should work the same. It leaves the tiniest bit of dust in the cup, but rooibos was practically undrinkable with my other infuser. And I think Adagio’s IngenuiTEA works the absolute best for rooibos, but mine’s leaking and I haven’t replaced it yet.

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95

I’ve begun to embrace Steep.it and an attempt at properly brewing teas… No longer so wabi sabi.

I love this tea. I’ll be so sad when it’s gone.

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200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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80
drank Nepal First Flush by Adagio Teas
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A bit grassy, but not in a bad way. I was expecting it to be a little more “black” in flavor… it’s got a very different feel to it. I see people saying it tastes like oolong, green… and even Fruity Pebbles. I don’t know that any of those really describe it fully, but I can get a sense of each of them. There’s something else, too, that I can’t put my finger on. I almost want to say tobacco, but not in the same way that rooibos tastes like tobacco. Strange.

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85
drank Ooooh Darjeeling by Adagio Teas
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90
drank Chamomile Lavender by Sanctuary T
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I can’t decide if I’ve just gotten used to the lavender, or there hasn’t been as much in my cups lately… I’m kind of thinking it’s the latter, and I’ll be super-sad if all of the lavender in the tin was somehow on top.

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Boiling 6 min, 0 sec

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